Dan Blake

Since moving to New York in 2006, Dan Blake has been on the rise as a leading figure in New York’s creative music scene. He is currently a member of Grammy-winner Esperanza Spalding’s touring ensemble Radio Music Society, as well as the Grammy-nominated Julian Lage Group. Among his extensive discography is a featured soloist appearance on Anthony Braxton’s 2010 Trillium E opera. His most recent release, The Aquarian Suite (Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records) was listed by the NY Jazz Record and the San Jose Mercury News as among the best jazz recordings of 2011, with the Boston Phoenix calling it, “One of the most ridiculously satisfying discs we’ve heard in some time”.

The 2012-13 season will see the premier of a multi-media project for the Mivos quartet and visual projections, a project that was awarded a commission by the Jerome Fund. His work First Beginnings (2011) for tenor recorder and electronics was recently published in the March 2012 edition of the Brooklyn-based new music journal Ear To Mind, in addition to winning the 2012 Robert Starer composition award.

Dan Blake is currently a Ph.D. candidate in composition at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, and serves as adjunct lecturer in music history at The Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College, where he was awarded the Baisley Powell Elebash Fund for an ongoing research project examining New York City’s improvised music scene.

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